Consultation on changes to the Congestion Charging Scheme
TfL’s consultation on proposed changes to the Congestion Charging scheme is now closed.
The three month consultation which concluded in February 2013 entailed an invitation to provide comment on the following proposals:
Creating a new Ultra Low Emission Discount to replace the Greener and Electric Vehicle Discounts
Increasing the penalty charge from £120 to £130
Removing the option to pay the charge in shops and petrol stations.
TfL welcomed the wide range of views and feedback from Londoners, businesses and key stakeholders who helped inform the final recommendations presented to the Mayor.
On 23 April 2013, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, confirmed his decision to make changes to the Congestion Charge scheme.
Ultra Low Emission Discount
A new Ultra Low Emission Discount (ULED) will be introduced for the Congestion Charge scheme to replace the existing Greener Vehicle and Electric Vehicle discounts. The measure ensures only the greenest zero and ultra low emission vehicles driving into the capital receive a 100 per cent discount. Other changes to the scheme involve the removal of the option to pay the charge in shops and an increase in the level of penalty charge from £120 to £130.
The ULED will be introduced on 1 July 2013 and will provide a single 100 per cent discount from the Congestion Charge for electric vehicles and ultra low emission cars and vans. To qualify for the discount vehicles will have to be either any pure electric vehicle or be cars and vans that emit 75g/km or less of CO2 and meet the Euro 5 emission standard for air quality.
Vehicles registered for the Electric Vehicle Discount will be automatically transferred to the new ULED on 1 July 2013.
Cars currently registered for the GVD will not meet the criteria for the new ULED. However, the Mayor and TfL recognise that many drivers made the decision to purchase a low emission car in order to benefit from the existing GVD. Therefore, in response to a number of comments made to this effect during the consultation, the current owners of cars registered for the GVD will continue to receive a full discount for that vehicle for a ‘sunset period’ of three years – an increase from the two years proposed in the consultation. The sunset period for the owners of vehicles currently registered for the GVD will therefore end on 24 June 2016.
The penalty charge for the Congestion Charge will increase from £120 to £130 on 20 May 2013. This will be only the third increase in the penalty charge since the Congestion Charge was introduced in 2003 and will bring the penalty charge in line with other moving traffic, bus lane and parking penalty charges within London.
TfL will remove the option to pay the Congestion Charge in shops from 26 July 2013 as a result of fewer people paying using that method and to reduce the costs of operating the scheme.
Drivers will still be able to pay the Congestion Charge using a wide range of other means including online, by phone, by text message or by CC Auto Pay.
A link to the report on final decisions and proposals can be viewed at: www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/congestioncharging/6722.aspx